Garage doors are complicated machinery, and when they are poorly maintained they can be dangerous.
Every year people are injured or killed by garage doors. But, regular garage door maintenance can keep your door running smoothly and safely for years to come.
Garage door failures are expensive to repair and require a professional technician's attention.
But you don't need a technician to prevent malfunctions. You can prevent major failures with regular garage door maintenance.
Continue reading for tips on keeping your garage in great condition.
Watch and Listen to Your Door
Looking and listening are the first steps to garage door maintenance.
Does your door move smoothly, or does it jerk up and down? Is your garage door operating silently, or does it make a lot of noise? Are both sides symmetrical?
Act quickly when you notice your garage door isn't working quite right. Quickly addressing issues prevents long-term deterioration.
Observing how your garage door operates can help you identify issues before they become problems.
The internet is a great resource for troubleshooting and can help you diagnose some issues yourself. Remember safety is key -- Never attempt garage repairs that require a professional technician's expertise.
Watch your Balance
An unbalanced garage door unnecessarily strains the garage door opener! Over time, this will deteriorate your opener and you will have to replace it more quickly.
Testing your garage door balance is easy. Begin by disconnecting the opener and manually lift the door halfway. If the door doesn't stay, it needs to be rebalanced.
Unbalanced doors are more likely to unexpected fall or close. Balancing your door is crucial to preventing injury or damage to your equipment.
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